President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump said Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow desperate refugees into the country was “one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.”
“When there was a march across Europe by a million people who wanted to get into Western Europe, Angela Merkel let them in,” Fox Business host Stuart Varney said during an interview with Lara Trump, an adviser on President Trump’s reelection campaign.
“It was the downfall of Germany, it was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany,” Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric Trump, responded. “This president knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here.”
On Fox Business, Trump campaign official Lara Trump claims that “the downfall of Germany” was ….. [squints at notes] …. Merkel’s decision to allow refugees into the country.
“It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany,” she adds. pic.twitter.com/wm4OerUtFP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 25, 2019
Trump made the remark as part of a broader discussion about a migrant “caravan” that Varney said is headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Hill notes:
Germany accepted more than 1 million refugees in 2015 during what Merkel called “extraordinary” circumstances following major conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Trump went after Merkel’s immigration policies during the 2016 presidential race, at one point calling them “insane” and accusing her of “ruining Germany.”